U.S. Army Moves Out on Future Combat Systems (FCS) Replacement

by: Matthew Potter
December 31, 2009

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One of the major budget decisions of the Obama Administration was to end the U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) program. This overarching system-of-systems was to provide new vehicles, weapons, unmanned vehicles and data links to provide a rapid, hard hitting replacement for the heavy armored force built around the M1 tank and the M2 Bradley fighting vehicles. The FCS had seen major growth in cost and schedule and it’s requirements pre-dated operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The administration decided to end the program. Boeing (BA) and SAIC (SAIC) were the prime contractors on it.

To replace FCS the Army stood up a Brigade Modernization Program that would take parts of the old program and also begin development of new requirements and vehicles. With the passage of the 2010 defense budget last week the Army took the first step by awarding Boeing a contract for initialization of Increment 1 of the new program. This contract is to provide the soldier on the ground enhanced surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence capabilities. Increment 1 will include some unmanned ground and air vehicles as well as sensors and a network to integrate them.

Further increments of the program will see further investment in new vehicles and weapons designed to the new requirements.

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